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01-10-2011 08:43 PM  7 years agoPost 1
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AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A judge on Monday sentenced former House of Representatives Republican Leader Tom DeLay to up to five years in prison after a jury found him guilty of money laundering and conspiracy.

DeLay, dubbed "The Hammer" for his hard-driving style, was found guilty on November 24 of conspiring to illegally funnel $190,000 in corporate campaign donations to Republican candidates for the Texas Legislature in the 2002 elections.

Tea Parties are for little girls with imaginary friends

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01-10-2011 08:51 PM  7 years agoPost 2
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Lock him up.

He had one of the phoniest faces I have ever seen on a politician. I never did like that tird.

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01-10-2011 11:24 PM  7 years agoPost 3
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A little background here.

Delay was sentenced to 3 years but his case is on appeal.

Travis County prosecutor Ronnie Earle has a history of attacking Republicans for political reasons. The charges he brought against DeLay were politically motivated. What DeLay did was to move national money to the state level, which is completely legal if done right.

DeLay legally reported all funds publicly. Nothing was hidden. Ronnie Earle saw a technicality and jumped on it.

How the money can be moved correctly is to apply the money to pure overhead expenses for the Texas candidates. This wasn't done. Money was sent directly to candidates. This is where DeLay is GUILTY. Again, all moneys were publicly reported.

What Earle contended was DeLay was guilty of money laundering.

Less than half of the states have this law. The purpose of this state law is to prevent outside big bucks from influencing state elections.
Texas, like 22 other states, prohibits corporate contributions to state candidates, though political committees can use those funds (known by the shorthand of “soft money”) for administrative overhead. DeLay organized the Texas Republican Majority PAC and raised corporate funds for its efforts, most of which were used for salaries and office rent. In September 2002, political operatives close to DeLay sent $190,000 in corporate funds to the state legislative arm of the Republican National Committee. From a separate account, the RNC then sent $190,000 in contributions to state House candidates in Texas. In total, the RNC contributed to more than 40 state legislative candidates.

If DeLay’s operatives made any mistake at all, it was being too good at negotiating: They exchanged the funds dollar-for-dollar.This even exchange enabled prosecutors to later claim the funds were “laundered.” But money laundering requires an underlying crime. There was nothing illegal about supporting state House candidates with the funds so exchanged, and the transaction was reported publicly by both DeLay’s state committee and the RNC.

http://www.nationalreview.com/artic...elay-ralph-reed
Of course this has a bigger impact than just Texas. A super majority in the Texas legislature would allow one party to draw boundaries to help send more representative to congress.

As much as Tom Delay tried to achieve a Republican super majority in the Texas legislature, he couldn't do it...but Obama could.

Life-long Democrats, Allan Ritter and Aaron Pena, have switched to the Republican party because they could no longer stomach the polices of the National Democratic Party. And because of this, the Republicans have achieved the super majority...thanks Obama.

http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/politi...y-switch-to-gop

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01-11-2011 02:09 AM  7 years agoPost 4
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Agreed, you have to have lived in Austin, TX. to know what a piece of dirt Ronnie Earl really is.

He literally "jury shopped" to get this done. I think I recall that he brought it before 3 or more different grand juries in order to get an indictment. Austin TX is extremely liberal and the fact that he had to bring this up, this many times to get a conviction, is proof of what a scam it is.

Earl is an ego-fed, grandstander, like Obama. Anything to get his face and name out there.

Edited: He definately brought it before at least 3 different juries. Not only that, but he want onto TV programs (60 minutes and others) and talked about the case. It took 5 years for it to come to trial and in the process different judges through out most of the counts that Earl wanted.

Also, the venue was decidely against Delay. Trying a Republican in Austin Tx. in 2010 is like trying a black man in Mobile Alabama in 1890. You are going to get a conviction. Austin is full of close minded liberals.

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01-11-2011 09:59 AM  7 years agoPost 5
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And yet Charlie Wrangle and all of those tax cheaters in the Whitehouse just continue merrily along like they did nothing wrong!

Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about!

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01-11-2011 03:46 PM  7 years agoPost 6
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aha - thanks Fuzz. I have a friend that moved to Austin a couple years ago and when he lived here, he was never really all that political. Now he's a RAGING lefty loon. I guess that explains why he moved there, or that he was somehow corrupted when he did move there. Either way, there's no talking sense to him now.
I never like DeLay, but this sure has seemed like a witchhunt to me.

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01-11-2011 09:34 PM  7 years agoPost 7
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aha - thanks Fuzz. I have a friend that moved to Austin a couple years ago and when he lived here, he was never really all that political. Now he's a RAGING lefty loon. I guess that explains why he moved there, or that he was somehow corrupted when he did move there. Either way, there's no talking sense to him now.
I never like DeLay, but this sure has seemed like a witchhunt to me.
You got that right. My wife and I go to Austin a lot and it is chock full of nut-os.

Downtown looks like a full size fruit loop show.

As far as DeLay goes, he is your classic political sleaze bag. He is easy to spot in a crowd. It is easy to want to "hang something" on him. Wait, Ronnie Earle also fits into that.

If we had a judge worth a dip, he would sentence Earle and DeLay to a duel with hand grenades.

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01-11-2011 09:40 PM  7 years agoPost 8
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from 2 paces???

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01-11-2011 09:58 PM  7 years agoPost 9
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fla heli boy

from 2 paces???
Oh, I like the way you think.

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01-11-2011 11:57 PM  7 years agoPost 10
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danka....

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